Approved | | Drama, Romance, Fantasy
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.
The quotation from Euripides during the opening narration - "Who knoweth if to die be but to live ... and that called life by mortals be but death ?" (also translated elsewhere as "Who knows but life be that which men call death and death what men call life?") - is from fragment 830 of Phrixus, a lost play. Aristophanes also used a similar statement in "The Frogs": "Who knows if death be life, and life be death, And breath be mutton broth, and sleep a sheepskin?" See Euripides in for example the 1905 edition of Bartlett's "Familiar Quotations".
There is no life, my darling, until you love and have been loved. And then there is no death.
Whilst talking to Eke, Eben is standing on the left of the screen. After a close-up shot of Eke, Eben is on the right.
The film opens with a book entitled THE PAINTINGS OF EBEN ADAMS with the inside page headed PORTRAIT OF JENNIE
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Originally, all television prints were completely in black-and-white, but by the 1980s the shot of the portrait at the very end was again shown in color. More recently, though, the greenish tint used in the storm scene (lasting about ten minutes) was also restored. Numerous sources, most notably "Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide," have stated that the final reel, save for that color shot, was green, but it was the storm sequence alone, regardless of where it falls on the reels. While the 1990 Fox Video VHS release returned to black-and-white for the two scenes between the storm sequence and the painting-shot, the version currently shown on Turner Classic Movies has them in sepia tint. Which accurately reflects the original theatrical prints is undetermined, but both have the end titles in sepia.
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